Six fabulous freebies for ELLE DECORATION blog readers, worth R5040.

Since it’s ELLE DECORATION’s 25TH birthday this month and we’re partying our socks off, we’d like to share some the fun. We’re talking out of this world food and wine by Creation Wines.

Since JC and Carolyn Martin established Creation Wines in 2002, this trendsetting winery on the picturesque Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge near Hermanus has more than lived up to its name. Creation is synonymous with creativity and originality – and their its reputation goes well beyond wine. Over the past decade, the enterprising Creation team has introduced picnics in the vineyards, vineyard safaris, food & wine pairings and, and, and.

We’ve been there, so we can vouch. The trip through the vineyards, the estate, the restaurant, the wines, the pairings, the interiors. Everything. It’s an experience of note.

Our ‘Win of the Month’ is a whole bagful of wine estate joy from Creation. There are six prizes in all, including three-packs of wines, a vineyard safari and picnic, and food & wine pairings such as you have never known.


Vineyard Safari & Picnic for 6  – worth R1770.00


“Secret” Food & Wine Pairing for 4 – worth R1080.00


Food and Wine Pairing for 4 – including 4 bottles of Syrah Grenache – valued at R980.

PRIZES 4, 5 and 6:

3 gift packs of a trio of Creation wines (Syrah Grenache – R139, Pinot Noire – R169, Viognier – R90) worth R398.00 each (total R1194.00)

Are you in? Here’s how to enter:

1. Like Creation Wines on Facebook (

2. Say who you’d take with you to share the fun – and tell us why. (Please paste your comment on this post.)

3. Competition ends 24 September 2012 – winners will be announced on

The food-wine pairings are sensational. They’re making an impact on the lips of wine lovers and foodies from Hermanus to Llandudno and in other far flung corners. The estate has also become famous for more unusual pairings, like wine and chocolate.

Owners Carolyn and JC (Jean-Claude) Martin, have an interesting story to tell.  JC is a Swiss viticulturalist and winemaker who joined the famous winery Grillette in the winelands of Neuchâtel where he clocked up experience – and eventually became an owner.

What is a Creation Wines food & wine pairing?

Lasts: 35-60 MINUTES

Costs: R106 PER PERSON

Discover the subtle secrets of flavour and texture and how the inherent qualities of food and wine can combine to create the ultimate taste sensation. To demonstrate the huge impact that food and wine have on each other, a wonderful smorgasbord of canapés, prepared by Creation’s talented chef, is served to match each specific wine. While you eat, topics such as international food and wine trends are discussed.

What is a ‘Secret Food & Wine Pairing’?

Lasts: 60 MINUTES

Costs: R180 PER PERSON

It’s a decidedly different experience: titillating, stimulating and guaranteed to make you come back for more. Only we can’t reveal the details, because it’s all cloaked in mystery and surprise. (Patience please.) According to the estate, the experience is specially designed to “pamper and surprise our guests.” You will not be disappointed.

Twitter: @creationwines

T’s & C’s apply…. winners must… 1. be residents in the Western Cape, and/ or, 2., be prepared to collect / redeem their prize at Creation Wines.